Project-Based Learning seminar

Come and hear how Project-Based learning has been successfully adopted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA.

Date: Friday 31 January
Time: 1 – 2pm
Venue: John Britten foyer – No need to register

Professor Gary Pollice from WPI will discuss the role of project-based learning and motivations for and benefits from using it.

Examples of implementing projects in the classroom and throughout the curriculum will be highlighted to illustrate how project-based learning develops critical thinking and other skills that our graduates today need to have for success in their careers.

Results as provided by students, alumni, faculty and employers are presented alongside a discussion of some of the challenges and successes with project-based learning in the classroom and in WPI’s global projects program.

The changing face of LEARN

On 10 November 2019 LEARN was upgraded, changing the way it looks and where you find things.

There are a number of resources in the e-Learning Help for staff page on those changes, but for those wishing to have a demonstration and discussion in person, we are running three brief sessions in the lead up to the start of Semester 1.

The details of these sessions are as below, no sign up is required.

  • Mon 10 Feb, 10am in Poutama, Level 3, Central Library
  • Tue 11 Feb, 2pm in Poutama, Level 3, Central Library
  • Wed 12 Feb, 11am in Poutama, Level 3, Central Library

UC Teaching Awards and Teaching Medal

Do you know an excellent teacher or teaching team who deserve wider recognition?
Then take a moment to nominate them for a UC Teaching Award or the UC Teaching Medal.

Nominations for the 2020 Teaching Awards and UC Teaching Medal are open from now until 18 May, so kick start your year now.

Don’t forget that there is also an award available for implementing a single special teaching innovation, and that all teaching awards also bring with them a financial reward. The process is simple: complete a one-step form.

All awards recognise excellence in teaching (including thesis supervision) in both undergraduate and graduate programmes. The teaching medal is UC’s highest award for teaching and leadership.
Further information and nomination forms are available on the Teaching Awards or the Teaching Medal websites.

Crusaders Club Membership – Exclusive Offer

To kick off 2020, all UC staff have access to a discount offer on Crusaders Club Memberships!

The offer includes a discount in both the platinum and gold seating categories at Orangetheory Stadium for all 7 Crusaders home games, and they are also offering Kids Go Free in covered seats with a paying adult. UC staff who join as Crusaders Club Members also receive 30% off all Crusaders shop merchandise.

To purchase this offer, visit www.crusaders.co.nz and head to the Crusaders Club Membership page, enter the promo code: 2020club

This is a limited time offer and will close on 1 Feb.

See membership prices here>

Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2020

What is the Aotearoa Bike Challenge?

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition to encourage our UC colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike. There are lots of fantastic prizes on offer to tempt your team, which will be announced as the Challenge approaches!

How does it work?

You and your workplace team earn points for every kilometre you ride, every day you ride, and for every person you encourage to sign-up (they don’t have to be in your team – they just have to log a ride in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge). The points system has been carefully selected to ensure a fair and exciting competition, and to strongly encourage teams to engage new riders if they want to climb the leaderboard and secure victory.

You’ll compete against other workplace teams of comparable sizes. Ride anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top folks in the individual leaderboard categories and some lucky participants will win for certain activities including encouraging other to ride or logging trips. The more often you log rides and encourage others to log their rides, the more likely you are to win a prize!

You’ve got all of February to get out and earn points!

How to take part

Follow these four steps:

  • Register on this website, it’s free. Register here
  • Ride a bike anywhere, anytime for at least 10 minutes during the Challenge (1-29 February)
  • Record your ride on this site and tell your friends and coworkers about the Challenge.
  • Reward yourself and your friends by winning prizes!

If you need help registering, contact me diana.hinterleitner@canterbury.ac.nz or phone 93580